Conference: Mapping the Sacred in Byzantium: Construction, Experience, and Representation

Newcastle University, 20-21 September 2019

Registration deadline: 6 September 2019

The conference brings together scholars of Byzantium to explore novel ways to conceptualize and evaluate the production and representation of (sacred) space in the Byzantine world, aiming to contribute to the broader research on spatial paradigms and practices. It addresses spatial themes from the varying disciplinary perspectives of archaeology, art history, literature, and theology.

Full details, including programme and registration, can be found at: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/sacredbyzantium/

Conference: ‘Celebrations in the Eastern Mediterranean: Private and Public’

20th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek studies, University of Birmingham, Arts Building, Arts LR1 and LR3, 1 June 2019

Registration is now open at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrations-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-private-and-public-tickets-60699884990

The full conference programme can be found at: https://gemuob.wordpress.com/category/annual-colloquium/

Call for Papers: ‘The Limits of Exactitude’

Prolepsis’ 4th International Conference, Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Bari, Italy, 19-20 December 2019

Deadline: 30 June 2019

Keynote speaker: Prof. Therese Fuhrer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Exactitude is the third of the Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino (Cambridge MA, 1988). According to Calvino ‘exactitude’ is a «well-defined and well-calculated plan for the work in question; an evocation of clear, incisive, memorable images […]; a language as precise as possible both in the choice of words and in the expression of the subtleties of thought and imagination». The aim of Prolepsis’ 4th International Conference is to reflect on Calvino’s definition applying it to the Classical, Late-Antique and Medieval Worlds. This year the conference will be particularly keen on – but not limited to – the following topics:

– Accuratio vel ambiguitas in speech, argumentation and narration.
– Ambiguous, inaccurate and disconcerting communication from the author, and potential reader response.
– Metrical and musical exactitude and its limits.
– Exactitude in treatises (scientific, rhetorical, grammatical).
– Quoting, misquoting and misplacing.
– Accurate and inaccurate titles, and their transmission.
– Limits in the material evidence (manuscripts, papyri, inscriptions, formation of corpora, mise en page, stichometry).
– Exactitude, doubt, ambiguity in the history of transmission (from ancient lexica, etymologica, and commentaries to modern scholarship).
– Examples of Exactitude and Ambiguity in Ancient and Modern Translations.
– Exactitude and Ambiguity in ancient and modern reception.
– Hypercorrection, lacunae, conjectures and obsession for completeness.
– Exactitude in historical and documentary reconstructions.
– Beginnings and endings of ancient and medieval works: doubtful and exact endings, incipit ex abrupto, etc.
– Finished and Unfinished / Clear and Unclear / Perfect and Imperfect in the philosophical reflection.

The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers. To participate send an e-mail to prolepsis.associazione@gmail.com by the 30th of June 2019.

The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:
1. An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster.
2. A short academic biography with name and affiliation.

Proposals will be evaluated through double-blind peer review by scholars in the Humanities.

The proposal evaluation will be carried out based on the following criteria: consistency, clarity, originality, methods. All abstracts, including those in proposed panels, will be reviewed and accepted on their own merits. Please note that this review is anonymous. Your anonymous abstract is the sole basis for judging your proposed paper for acceptance.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The languages admitted for the presentation are English and Italian. Selected papers will be considered for publication. Italian speakers will be required to provide an English handout, power point, and possibly a translation/translated summary of their paper.

Proposals for coordinated panels (three papers reaching 90 min. in total, discussion included) and posters are most welcome. Posters should be written in Italian or English.

Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any inquiries write to prolepsis.associazione@gmail.com, we would be glad to help you find solutions.

Fellowship: Research Fellow in Early Mediaeval History

University of St Andrews – School of History

Deadline 17 June 2019

Start Date: 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed Term until 31 March 2023

Applications are invited for Fixed Term Research Fellowship in Global Medieval History tenable from 1 August 2019 to 31 March 2023. The position is part of the “Identifying the Blocks that Build Global History in the Middle Ages” project funded by the British Academy under its Global Professorships scheme. The PI on the project is Professor Eduardo Manzano Moreno (St Andrews / Madrid) The School of History welcomes applications from historians working on any topic related to the areas covered by this project, i.e. Europe, China, India and the Middle East (including North Africa). A command of any language of the textual traditions of any of these areas will be a requisite. In addition to pursuing research of his/her own design, the successful applicant will be required to participate in the broader work of the project by coordinating seminars, workshops, conferences and outreach activities, and by taking a leading role in the design of the project´s outreach in social media. He/she will also be responsible for editing one of the volumes which will result from the project.

Applicants should have completed or nearly completed a PhD in a related topic.

Further information on the University and the School of History can be found at the University website (www.st-andrews.ac.uk).

To discuss this post informally candidates may contact Professor Manzano Moreno (emm28@st-andrews.ac.uk) or the Head of School, Professor MacLean (hhis@st-andrews.ac.uk).

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall). More details can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

Closing Date: 17 June 2019

Please quote ref: AR2224HM

Further Particulars: AR2224HM FPs.doc

Fellowship: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships – Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Newcastle University

Deadline: 15 June 2019

Newcastle University’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies Faculty Research Group https://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/ invites expressions of interest from eligible researchers seeking to apply to the Individual Fellowship-European Fellowship scheme of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. These Fellowships last 12-24 months and have a research project as their focus, with a strong element of advanced training both in the research area and in transferable skills. The ideal fellow will be able to engage in a two-way transfer of knowledge, acquiring skills and/or knowledge from and sharing her or his expertise with Newcastle researchers.

Medieval and Early Modern Research Studies is an interdisciplinary research group which incorporates MEDLAB (Early Medieval, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies). MEMS’ members belong to the disciplines of Literature, Linguistics, Archaeology, Architecture, History, Classics and Music and are listed here:https://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/people/

Some indicative research projects are listed here:
https://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/research/currentresearch/

We specifically welcome applications in the following key areas:
•Byzantine Studies
•Roman frontier studies
•Late medieval and early modern book history and manuscript studies
•Music and musical performance/performers in the medieval and early modern periods
•European intellectual and religious history
•Histories of print especially those concerned with small print cities or alternative/forgotten histories of print.
•Scholarly editing projects.
•Digital humanities projects such as those falling under the interests of the ATNU project https://research.ncl.ac.uk/atnu/

We cordially encourage applications from outstanding scholars eager to work in an interdisciplinary environment for the Individual Fellowship Scheme. Applicants must have a compelling track record appropriate to their career stage of peer-reviewed publication(s) in internationally recognised outlets, conference invitations or other indicators of success.

For full particulars, see: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BSD650/marie-sklodowska-curie-individual-fellowships-medieval-and-early-modern-studies

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Deadline: 29 May 2019

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 7–10, 2020. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/55th-international-congress-on-medieval-studies). The deadline for submission is May 29, 2019. Proposals should include:

**Title
**Session abstract (300 words)
**Intellectual justification for the proposed session (100 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session presider)
**CV

Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2019, if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

The session organizer may act as the presider or present a paper. The session organizer will be responsible for writing the Call for Papers. The CFP must be approved by the Mary Jaharis Center. Session participants will be chosen by the session organizer and the Mary Jaharis Center.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse up to 5 session participants (presenters and presider) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming abroad. Session organizers and co-organizers should plan to participate in the panel as either a participant or a presider. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions. Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies is available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress.

Scholarship: Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany

Deadline: 24 May 2019

Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation), there is at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 1 position for doctoral research associate (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE) in Ancient History to be filled by 1 October 2019 for a contract period of three years.

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology, Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception will be explored via four thematic areas:

1. Strategies of justification and legitimation
2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
3. Rituals and worship
4. Knowledge and infrastructure

A thorough description of the research program and the emphases of the participating disciplines is available on the homepage.

Ancient History is connected to the research programme of the Research Training Group through the Late Antique-Early Byzantine period. In addition, it has to offer a variety of aspects of the imperial period connected to later developments. For example, representational modes of imperial victoriousness can be examined with a focus on numismatics from 1st – 5th/6th centuries. Also, talking about soldiers and their lives in various textual genres could be an exciting and fruitful PhD thesis topic. The exploration of the integration of divine will in the campaign and war pragmatics could be another field of research fitting in well with the Research Training Group programme, such as the meaning of signs, the sacrifices before the battle or Christian prayer.

These and other possible topics are listed on the Research Training Group’s homepage. Applications covering different subjects that fit within the overall programme will also be considered that examine the practices, norms, interpretations or attributions of war, war-related objects, actions or actors. Supervisor and point of contact: Prof. Dr. Marietta Horster.

Upon acceptance, the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required. The Research Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, cross-disciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent) completed with above-average marks in Ancient History or related fields as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf (in German or English):

• A letter of application (one page)
• An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
• A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
• Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified.

The application deadline ends by 24 May 2019.

The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from university-level instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the Spokesperson of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch, (address: grk2304@uni-mainz.de; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).

Call for Papers: Writing Ancient and Medieval Same-Sex Desire: Goals, Methods, Challenges

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 30 June – 2 July 2020

Deadline: 1 December 2019

For several decades now, scholars have devoted attention to same-sex desire in both ancient times and the centuries that followed. Not surprisingly, there have been vigorous debates over how to go about it. These debates have been framed in various ways. Here are some examples:

× essentialism VERSUS constructivism;
× Foucauldian discourse analysis VERSUS approaches inspired by psychoanalysis;
× (the impossibility of) objective history VERSUS (overly) subjective history;
× perception of commonalities across time VERSUS rigorously historicizing insistence on the past’s alterity;
× positivism VERSUS imaginative reconstruction of contemporaneous receptions.

These dichotomies, which are both reductive and don’t exhaust the possibilities, continue to crackle with contention. They also continue to undergird and even disturb current scholarly endeavours.

We are looking for papers (30 minutes in length) in which scholars not only speak about primary source material but also reflect explicitly on the theoretical orientation of their work (see the dichotomies above for examples) and the purpose(s) of (their) scholarship on same-sex desire. An additional objective of this conference will be an edited volume of papers that will aim to showcase a variety of approaches to this important topic.

Please send proposals (c. 500 words) to Mark Masterson by 1 December 2019. If you have any questions, please send them to him at this address also.

In your proposal include

1) the primary source material/historical milieu to be discussed, and

2) the general theoretical basis of the work

The call for papers is also published online.

Call for Papers: 7th International Scientific Symposium “Days Of Justinian I”

Skopje, North Macedonia, 15-16 November 2019

Deadline: 10 August 2019

Special Thematic Strand for 2019: Identities
Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Anthony Kaldellis
Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

Organised by Institute of National History, Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje and University of Bologna, in partnership withFaculty of Theology St. Clement of Ohrid, Skopje, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and the City of Skopje

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies before 1500; this includes the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary modern Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to bring together scholars from around the world to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year’s special thematic strand Identities aims to incite scholarly debate about the differing perceptions of identity in Byzantium and in Medieval Western Europe. Aside from the discursive evidence in the contemporary sources, modern theoretical approaches will be addressed in exploring the complex concepts and notions of identity, covering the broad range of modes of identification. Various fundamental questions will be raised in defining how identities were formed in the Middle Ages and how they were expressed, maintained, negotiated or transformed. This will encompass the ways in which Byzantium and other pre-modern states and empires have shaped and configured the composite spectrum of political, ethnic, provincial, legal, religious or cultural identities.

The symposium will embrace broader geographical areas, chronological scope, and varieties of political, ideological, cultural, social or religious contexts in exploring the multiple layers of identity in the Eastern Roman Empire and in Medieval Western Europe.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

⊕ Romanness in the Middle Ages: Concepts and approaches
⊕ Being Byzantine or Roman: Interpreting the identity of Byzantium / Romania
⊕ Mapping ethic identities in Byzantium and in Medieval Western Europe
⊕ Imagining Identities in Middle Ages: Modern theoretical definitions
⊕ Strategies of identification
⊕ Concepts of the “Other” in the Middle Ages
⊕ Ethnicity, ethnogenesis and identity
⊕ Premodern ethnicity and national identity
⊕ Narrative, memory and identity
⊕ Language and linguistic identities
⊕ Art and identity
⊕ Material culture and identity
⊕ Roman law and legal identities
⊕ Gender and Identity
⊕ Heritage discourses and cultural identity
⊕ Religion, religious communities and identities
⊕ Heresy and Identity
⊕ Music and identity
⊕ Cultural heritage: Interpretation, restoration and protection

First Deadline for submitting an abstract of the paper: 10 August, 2019.
Second Deadline for submitting an abstract of the paper: 15 October, 2019.
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2019.
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October, 2019
Deadline for submitting the complete paper for publication: 1 March, 2020.

Please send the application form to the following address: days.justinian@gmail.com

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.
Working languages: Macedonian and English.
No participation fee is required.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.
The excursion will be covered by the organizer.
Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
The papers submitted will be peer-reviewed before publication.

For further inquiries you can contact the Secretary of the Symposium, Prof. Dragan Gjalevski: days.justinian@gmail.com

You can download the Call for papers at: https://bit.ly/2ZXvon7
Please check the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/days.justinian and www.ini.ukim.mk for news about the Symposium, the agenda, special events.

Call for Papers: Women and Architecture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

2020 conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Seattle, USA

Deadline: 5 June 2019

In recent decades scholars including Emily Hemelrijk, Leslie Brubaker, and Therese Martin have examined the roles and agency of women as viewers and patrons of ancient and medieval monuments, but there remains an underlying assumption in the field of architectural history that ancient and medieval monuments were made by and for men. This assumption is so pervasive that when a monument has a female patron, it is either considered the work of a male relative or labeled an anomaly. The dedicatory inscription of the second-century nymphaeum at Olympia, for instance, records that Annia Regilla built it, yet scholars routinely attribute it to her husband, Herodes Atticus, erasing her legacy as patron. The architectural legacies of female rulers and imperial family members are often similarly treated. Additionally, female viewers of architecture are typically ignored in the analysis of buildings. For example, few publications on the twelfth-century Chartres Cathedral discuss the peasant mothers who asked the Virgin Mary for cures for themselves and their children at a sacred well in the crypt, a practice that likely continued local pagan healing rituals. Recognition of these female viewers provides insight into how medieval Church authorities harnessed persistent pre-Christian cultic activities while also framing them as the marginal concerns of women.

We invite papers that either address theoretical or methodological questions about how female agency or the category of gender can be productively embedded in the analysis of ancient and medieval architecture, or present case studies engaging with female patronage, production, and/or use of architectural monuments or urban landscapes. The session’s goal is to discuss the legacy of women in the construction and maintenance of architectural spaces, and to shift the conversation of agency and audience away from the presumption that ancient and medieval architecture is masculine in intent and reception.

Session Co-Chairs: Brenda Longfellow, University of Iowa, and Kriszta Kotsis, University of Puget Sound

For more information about the conference, other panels, and submission guidelines, see https://www.sah.org/2020/call-for-papers. Abstracts are due: June 5, 2019.